Explore Ballona! is a dynamic environmental education journey for all students.

Since 1994, Friends of Ballona Wetlands has been offering environmental education field trips for students throughout Los Angeles. For many students, this is the first time they have visited a natural area of this size and they marvel at what they see. With 98% of teachers agreeing their students gain a better understanding of the topics covered in the field trip lesson, these field trips are not only a memory students cherish but are a powerful tool for teachers. A third grade teacher said “We learned so much today, especially about the environment we live so close to!” With the recent addition of Pre and Post field trip lessons, students truly go on a journey to Explore Ballona!


Field Trip Information

  • 1.5-2 hour field trips for students of all ages

  • Grade specific field trip content with a STE(A)M focus

  • Support NGSS and California Environmental Principles

  • Select grades support History/Social Science Standards

Visit our Explore Ballona! page for more information about field trips.

To request a field trip for your students, please complete the form below.


Ballona Discovery Nature Camp–blending fun and the environment.

For many, attending camp is right of passage where you are challenged to grow and make friends for life. Since 2016, Ballona Discovery Nature Camp has brought together campers from all walks of life to explore how everyone can discover nature and is connected by it. But since camp is during spring and summer break, we make sure the learning is hidden in fun games, challenges, art projects, and field trips.


Camp Information

  • Sessions: Monday - Friday

  • Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm

  • Ages: 8-11 years old

  • Cost: $300 per session. Scholarships may be available upon request.

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Visit our camp page for more information and to register your camper.


Is Environmental Education the field for you? Find out with an internship!

Environmental Education Internships offer interns an in-depth look into the field of environmental education through both school field trips and camp program. Interns receive training in local ecology and history, shadow and assist in programs, then lead lessons and programs. As one intern reflected, “The highlights for me were the moments when we weren’t planning to teach. We were walking and some of them saw tracks and got excited and began to circle the tracks and try to guess what kind of animal left it behind. I can only hope these campers will become passionate about the outdoors and participate in internships like this.”


Internship Information

Whether you are looking to learn more about the environment, education, or just a chance to work outside, we have a spot for you.

  • Environmental Education Internships are for high school to college age students

  • Internships may be paid, unpaid, or for class credit

  • For more information check out our internships page.